Sunday, March 4, 2018
“There’s Still Power in the Blood”
The Levitical Law and the offering and sacrificial system that is created and demanded was preparing the Hebrews for its Messiah and Supreme and ultimate sacrifice that would come.
The Old Testatement and the Levitical Law as found in Lefitus Chapters 1-7 mentions five different main sacrifices or offerings:
The Burnt Offering a “Voluntary Offer”
The Grain Offering a “Voluntary Offer”
The Peace Offering a “Voluntary Offer”
The Sin Offering a “Mandatory Offering”
The Trespass Offering a ‘Mandatory Offering”
The “Burnt Offering” was to be of a bull, a bird or an unblemished ram.
A bird was sacrificed in tact, a bull or ram would be skinned out, the Levites would likely sell it to make money for their families.
The carcass of the beasts, including meat, bones and entrails were totally burnt.
This offering was an act of worship, devotion and commitment to God.
This was God’s portion and it was also used as an atonement for non-intentional sin.
The second “Voluntary Offering” was the grain offering.
This was the bounty of the field, fruit and cake, a baked bread made of grain, fin flour oil and salt.
This offering also included a drink offering, which was about a quart of wine poured on the altar.
This was an offering of Thanksgiving to God for his provision and goodwill toward the one acting as the offer.
The priests received a portion as well, but it had to be eaten in the court of the Tabernacle.
The third voluntary was called the “Peace Offering.”
This was unblemished animal and or grains or breads.
This was a thanksgiving offering too, but a shared meal concluded it.
The animal was shared by the High Priest who got the breast of it, the priest offering the beast got the right front leg.
These were known as the wave or heave offerings because they were waved over the ceremonial altar.
The fat, the kidneys and part of the liver were burnt before the Lord as his part and the rest was for those others that participated.
This was signified God’s provisions.
The vow and thanksgiving offerings were “Peace Offerings” as well.
The two mandatory offerings of the sin and trespass went like this.
The “Sin Offering”
This was done to atone for sin’s and to cleanse from its defilement.
Five varying elements could be used.
A young bull, a male goat, a female goat, a dove or a pigeon or 1/10 epahl of fine flour.
The word ephal manta is little over a bushel. Now which type of sacrifice was based on the financial means of the giver.
With the latter for those less fortunate
Each sacrifice came with specific instructions on how it was to be done and what to do with it during and after the ceremony.
The other mandate was the “Trespass Offering” was to be one specific type of element a ram.
It was to be taken, sacrificed and disposed of with specific instructions.
This was done when an individual unintentionally sinned against God or another person.
The “Sin Offering” was the most important of all.
I’ve already told you about its elements, but the execution of it is more important.
The “Sin Offering” was part of the ceremony on the Hebrew “Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur.
On this day the High Priest mad 2 offerings – He sacrificed a young bull for himself and a young male goat for the people.
The animal was presented, the priest would lay his hands on its head, the animal would be slain, the priest would sprinkle its blood upon the mercy seat of the ark, smear the blood on the horns of the altar, sprinkle blood inside the tabernacle, then pour the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.
The High Priest and he alone was permitted in the Holy of Holies. Anyone else would be struck dead. A rope would be placed upon the ankle of the priest, so if he dies the in the inner room they could drag his body out.
Once this was completed a second male goat was waiting for the High Pirest. He would place his hands upon its head, confess his and the people’s sins and the goat would be taken away into the wilderness. This goat was not the one who died and its blood spent in atonement for the sins of the Israelites, but this one had a special purpose as well. It took the atoned sins and was called the “Scape Goat”.
The “Sin Offering” on the day of atonement brought forgiveness and reconciliation between God and His people.
The power of forgiveness was found in the shed blood of the unblemished sacrifice upon the mercy seat. The animal’s life was taken in exchange so that the people might live and its blood covered the sins of them.
Another aspect of the atoning blood of the sacrifice was found on the eve of the 10th and final plague of Egypt.
Moses told the Hebrews get ready, God is sending the angel of Death to take the lives of every firstborn in Eygpt.
Slay a lamb and take its blood and with a hyssop branch smear it upon the doorway.
The lamb was an idol of the Egyptians, and were looked upon as a deity.
This act demanded by Jehovah was also meant or his people to reject their masters and to see their own rejection of God.
The life of the animal was taken, but it was the life in the blood that was seen and used as the substitute or propitiation of the people’s sins.
The Power was in the Blood!
Jesus told the Pharisees during the sermon on the Mount. “I have come not to destroy the Law or the Prophets, rather I have come to fulfill.”
He fulfilled the role of the sacrificial element that was necessary in order for the life Blood to be the substitute for our sins.
In Matthew Henry’s Commentary of Hebrew’s chapter 10 he relates in part:
VS 1 & 2
“After one day of atonement was ovr the sinner would fall into one fault or another. The Legal Sacrifices offered year by year could never make the comers perfect, for then there would have been an end of offering them.”
Thus Hebrews 10: 3 & 4
“If the animal sacrifices and blood could have brought total forgiveness, then the offerings would have stopped. But because they could not, it has to happen annually, year by year on the Day of Atonement.
Tho the unblemished the beast still had an absolute imperfection of flesh and blood.
Christ became the perfect sacrifice with untainted blood, he freely gave his life and the life’s blood of his perfection.
There is still Power in the Blood.
When his life blood ebbed away, he declared, It is finished.”
He was exactly right – He had fulfilled the role of the substitutionary element whose life blood covered our sins forever.
He was exactly right – The law of the Levites was no longer needed because he made us sinners perfect before his Father. It ceased, the shadow of the Old Testament Law and Sacrifice was now overshadowed by the power of Christs Blood and by Christ’s and Calvary’s Cross.
The Blood will never lose its Power there is still and will always be Power in the pure Blood of the Savior.